A mural with the history of media in The Bahamas once in the foyer of The Nassau Guardian depicted the leaders of the times. Credibility along with unbiased reporting also were once in The Bahamas during those times. However, like the huge mural which disappeared in the Guardian, so did the standards and credibility of the media in The Bahamas.
Nassau, The Bahamas – A media war is brewing in The Bahamas as the operators of a Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) – The Nassau Guardian and The Tribune – attempt to raid the media talent out of Jones Communication Ltd.
Reports coming into Bahamaspress confirmed over the weekend that the operators of the JOA intend to clean out the popular Jones Communications [Love 97Fm and The Bahamas Journal]. On top of this, a new Sunday newspaper, The Bugle, has hit the streets of the country.
The Nassau Guardian is set to launch a new radio station with the intent to dominate the broadcasting market in the country. Sources close to Bahamaspress.com has confirmed that the century old newspaper is swiftly moving ahead, collecting talents in the media business, many of whom have already resigned from the positions at Jones Communication including members of Jones management board and VPs, leaving a serious depletion of skills at top management of the radio station and newspaper.
“We are going after every skill we can find,” a board member of ColinaImperial told our newsroom. “We are determined to present to The Bahamas the best of the best in media, and to do this we want the best that is out there.”
Lineup in the new mix of personalities that will join the new Guardian/Tribune Network would be former Publisher and General Manager of The Nassau Guardian and former Sports Editor at the Bahama Journal, Mr. Fredrick S. Sturrup. It is unclear as to what position Sturrup will take up in the JOA, however, the executive at ColinaImperial noted that, “Sturrup would bring much new energy to the new team.”
“Fred, as everyone knows, is the best in the business, he produced some of the best programmes known in the sporting arena and the composition of his management skills at the paper as publisher in the 90s is a record unmatched. He is competent, capable and ready.”
Also joining the new team would be former Senior Vice President at Jones Communication for Marketing and Sales Buena Wright. The executive noted that, “Wright, like the wife of Barak Obama, can be best described as “the closer” when it comes to marketing plans and strategies in the broadcasting business. She single handedly delivered record breaking profits to her former employ [Jones /Love 97FM] and we expect a high energy when she joins this now powerful A-team at the 160 year old Newspaper.” The source said.
Media houses in the country are all tight-lipped about this new twist in the media landscape of The Bahamas. However bahamaspress.com is not surprised, as this is the same way they have suppressed news and information in the country.
One observer upon hearing the interesting twist of things in the media environment noted, “We, in The Bahamas, have sold the country, its land and in that package thrown media in the bag. I am glad to see a new Sunday newspaper [The Bugle] now hitting the streets of the country. There is another opinion now out there in this new Sunday newspaper, as it is clear, I cannot trust to the papers from; the Guardian, Tribune, Freeport News, nor listen to 100 Jamz, 96.5FM, YFM, 101.9 Joy and Cool96 Nassau, as all these are now managed by one group.”
The Bugle is said to be published every other week is the newest kid on the block, and at first glance of the product over the weekend, the paper confirmed its attempts to join as an investigative arm of media, [which is a huge void in The Bahamas].
There are now over 16 radio stations countrywide with more than a half of them struggling for the same advertising dollar. The new venture by the Guardian/Tribune operation speaks much of the appetite of gullible Bahamians, to have all, and in the process would kill another to fulfill their unsearchable greed.
Bahamaspress would remind our readers that it was back in 2004, when the partners of the ColinaImperal team parted ways, Jones Communications took the risk and presented the story to the public, exposing practices by the company then, in reference to pension funds. Operator of the company, James Campbell and all his management team were eventually dismissed out of the ColinaImperial operation. Our source in ColinaImperial noted, “Its now payback time for Wendall Jones and his Jones Communications operations.”